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Remove Topsearchsite.net hijack (Removal Guide) - updated Jun 2017

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Topsearchsite.net virus

Topsearchsite.net virus is a potentially unwanted program [1] which may unexpectedly appear as your new homepage and replace your default search engine without your knowledge or permission. If you decide to use it, you will undoubtedly see an unusually large number of advertisements appearing in your search results. Currently, the parasite seems to be most active in the US, but it may as well show up in European countries, say Spain or France [2]. As you can already suspect, people get easily irritated by such changes and start looking for Topsearchsite.net removal solutions. Our experts have prepared this article to explain how the virus works and how the malware can be eliminated from the PC. 

We should start off by saying that Top Search Site is yet another PC intruder that hardly benefits the computer or the user. No matter that this website claims to be an advantageous tool, you should not believe it. Security experts label this program as a browser hijacker, and it also belongs to the category of potentially unwanted programs. The reason this program is so unacceptable is that it commonly enters PC user‘s system without user‘s consent.

Topsearchsite.net browser hijacker virusTopsearchsite.net browser hijacker will replace the homepage and the default search engine of the infected browser. You can see how the site looks like in the illustration above.

Also, the hijacker alters browser‘s settings and attaches its extensions and plug-ins in order to change your default homepage to Topsearchsite. You should also be cautious because once executed, this PUP is capable of collecting information about your browsing activity and your interests on the web. It does so because it can track websites that you go to; also it can record the search terms that you use. Later, this information is used to predict what advertisements may look impressive for you, and then this browser hijacker generates them.

Naturally, people tend to use the search bar they see on their homepages, so, as a result, you are probably going to use your new homepage to explore something online without thinking. So this is where you will receive the targeted advertisements – they may be injected into the search results. Third-party companies sponsor these ads by Topsearchsite, and so this browser hijacker gains pay-per-click revenue [3] for every user who clicks on the ads and ends up on a third-party related web page. We must warn you that some of these websites may be infectious, so the best choice would be to change your default browser to avoid redirects. To do that, you will need to remove Topsearchsite.net from your computer. We recommend using ReimageIntego anti-spyware to make sure the removal goes smoothly.

Installation techniques you should be aware of in order not to get tricked into installing a hijacker

This computer intruder is spread via bundling — a method which allows to pack several applications together. The malware distributors tend to attach their products to legitimate freeware or shareware. Unfortunately, there is still a number of PC users who tend to install new programs carelessly and in a rush, so in a result they end up with unfamiliar apps on their system. However, there‘s a way to avoid such unwanted content – all you have to do is to choose the right installation settings. Instead of so popular Default and Standard options, opt for Custom or Advanced one. These installation modes allow you to choose which components you do want to install and which ones you do not.

Topsearchsite.net removal solution

To change your homepage and roll back your browser settings to default, you need to remove Topsearchsite.net virus from your computer. Once it is gone, you will be able to manage which website you want to set as your homepage. Please keep in mind that this intruder may be related to some browser extensions or add-ons that could have been installed against your will. So, you will have to go through the list of the installed components and remove them manually. Our computer security experts have prepared detailed instructions on how to do it. Finally, you will complete the Topsearchsite.net removal by resetting your browsers. You will find the guidelines explaining all these operations in detail at the end of this article. Good luck!

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To remove Topsearchsite.net hijack, follow these steps:

Get rid of Topsearchsite.net from Windows systems

As promised, here are the instructions explaining how to locate malicious virus components and remove them from your computer

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Topsearchsite.net and related programs
    Here, look for Topsearchsite.net or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Topsearchsite.net from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Erase Topsearchsite.net from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Topsearchsite.net from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Topsearchsite.net-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Topsearchsite.net, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Topsearchsite.net and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Topsearchsite.net-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall Topsearchsite.net from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Topsearchsite.net and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Topsearchsite.net removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Topsearchsite.net hijack from Microsoft Edge

As we've mentioned, resetting the browser is absolutely necessary if you want to restore order on your computer and your web browsing. Perform the reset following this guide:

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Topsearchsite.net-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Eliminate Topsearchsite.net from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Topsearchsite.net and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Topsearchsite.net removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Topsearchsite.net from Google Chrome

If you want to eliminate the annoying redirects and ads from your Google Chrome browser, you should reset it following the guidelines below:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Topsearchsite.net and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Topsearchsite.net removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Topsearchsite.net from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Topsearchsite.net or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Topsearchsite.net, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Topsearchsite.net removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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